The Washington Wizards hold on for dear life after winning Game 4 of the first round of the 2021 NBA playoffs against the Philadelphia 76ers. As they cut the deficit down to 2 games, they hit the road and play Game 5 at the Wells Fargo Center. At the brink of elimination, the Wizards will have to win all of their games if they want a shot at round 2 of the playoffs.
Meanwhile, the Sixers face trouble following Joel Embiid’s injury in Game 4. As of this writing, there’s still no official word concerning his injury, leaving him questionable for the upcoming Wizards vs. Sixers game.
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Wizards vs. 76ers Game 5 Information
- When: Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021, 10:00 PM ET
- Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- TV: NBA TV / DirecTV
- Radio: WFED 1500 AM (Wizards) / 97.5 FM The Fanatic (76ers)
- Live Stream: NBA League Pass
- NBA Betting Odds: Philadelphia 76ers -250 / OU: 230.0
Why Bet on the Washington Wizards?
The Wizards have more breathing room with Embiid sidelined as they capitalized on his early exit in Game 4. A handful of players made huge shots and allowed the team to cruise to victory. The Wizards had 7 players scoring double digits, including the 20 points and 13 rebounds of Rui Hachimura, 16 points by Robin Lopez, and 15 points by David Bertans. Of course, leading the offensive line for the team is the tandem of Russell Westbrook and Bradley Beal, who combined for 46 points.
Despite low shooting efficiency by Russell Westbrook, he did collect 21 rebounds and dished out 14 assists on top of his 19-point game last Tuesday. If he can shoot the ball better in Game 5, he can start causing some serious problems for the Sixers and force a Game 6 at home.
Ultimately, the Wizards have to repeat their previous performance and secure scores in the paint. If they can continue attacking the rim through Westbrook and Beal, while Lopez utilizes his hook shots, they can start reeling in the Sixers.
Why Bet on the Philadelphia 76ers?
The Sixers’ offense collapsed when Joel Embiid left Game 4 in the first quarter. They were looking to sweep the Wizards and get some much-needed rest before heading out to the next leg of the postseason, but the Wizards had different plans. The rest of the team managed to keep the scoreline tight.
However, the Wizards proved to be too much that night. Ben Simmons missed important free throws and Russell Westbrook took advantage of the opportunity. Combine this with an off night offensively, it put the Sixers in trouble early on.
Tobias Harris was 8-24, while Danny Green had 4-10 and Seth Curry was 5-11 from the field. Considering that the Sixers have a 51.1% field goal percentage throughout the series, these numbers are unacceptable for the team. With Embiid possibly missing Game 5, Ben Simmons will have to step up and become more aggressive offensively. Although he lacks shooting versatility, he does finish well around the rim, which adds him to the list of scoring threats in the game alongside Tobias Harris.
Wizards vs. 76ers Betting Trends
- The Wizards are 4-6 in their last 10 games.
- The Wizards are 6-4 against the spread in their last 10 games.
- The totals have gone over 6 times in the Wizards’ last 10 away games.
- The 76ers are 9-1 in their last 10 home games.
- The 76ers are 7-3 against the spread in their last 10 home games.
- The totals have gone under 4 times in the Sixers’ last 10 games.
Wizards vs. 76ers Expert Betting Prediction
Even without Embiid, the Sixers are still strong favorites to win the game over the Wizards. In the regular season, they won 10 of 21 games without the star player. There’s a good chance that they clinch this one at home. Meanwhile, the Wizards are looking to force mistakes out of their opponents in Game 5. If they manage to do this and hit better shots from range, covering the spread and pulling off a surprise win remains possible.
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